Photos by Andrew McGinn | Jefferson Herald

Greene County Public Health on Friday began the process of vaccinating staff against COVID-19 at both county school districts.

At Greene County Elementary School in Jefferson, bus drivers were the first to roll up their sleeves Friday to receive an initial dose of the Moderna vaccine.

Because of limited vaccine supply, Greene County Public Health had to sub-prioritize school staff, beginning with PK-4 staff and staff of special ed classes.

Based on available inventory of vaccine from the state, Public Health planned to vaccinate remaining staff at all buildings this week.

Greene County bus drivers and bus monitors stepping up Friday to receive the vaccine included (clockwise from top) Jody Fouch, Bev Swecker, Mavis Sawhill and Meladee Graven.

Potentially complicating the fight against COVID-19 in Iowa was the surprise proclamation late Friday afternoon by Gov. Kim Reynolds undoing the state’s existing public health measures, effective Sunday.

Greene County Schools responded with an announcement Monday morning that face masks will continue to be required in all school buildings and while riding all school buses. Additionally, current spectator procedures will continue through the end of the winter season, “regardless of the governor’s most recent proclamation.”

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